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Netflix Canada begins its password-sharing crackdown. Here’s what to know

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Netflix has announced a set of new features to be rolled out in Canada and other countries to help clear the confusion about when and how a member can share their account access with others.

The new features are aimed to give members “greater control over who can access their account,” Netflix said in a statement Wednesday. The move comes as Netflix says more than 100 million households share accounts, which affects its “ability to invest in great new TV and films.”

“A Netflix account is intended for one household and members can choose from a range of plans with different features,” the company said. One of these features will allow members to set a primary location ensuring that anyone who lives in their household can use their Netflix account, they added.

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Under the new rules, premium and standard account holders will be given the option to add extra members for $7.99 per month.

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For that price, premium high-definition 4K subscribers can add two members who don’t live in their household.

Standard subscribers, who pay less per month, can add one additional member for the same additional monthly fee. Basic and ad-supported plans will not be able to add more members.

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There will also be another feature that will allow members the ability to manage who has access to their account from the company’s new Manage Access and Devices page.

Netflix said the new features will be rolled out more broadly in the coming months, starting Wednesday in Canada, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain.

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Netflix did not say when it would begin enforcing the new rules.

With a file from The Canadian Press.

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